The Martha Rosler Library

September 4, 2006 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

This project grew in part out of artist Martha Rosler’s space problem: she simply had too many books crowding her home and studio. They covered the shelves, piled on the floors, and cascaded down the stairs. We offered her a solution. We asked her if we could borrow her library for a while, to open to the public in the form of a reading room at the e-flux space on Ludlow street. As an artist’s library, her collection suggests multiple meanings and possibilities. She has constantly brought the familiar under closer examination, using text both as a representational strategy and descriptive tool. Given the uncommon diversity of her interests and influences, and their significance in the production of critical positions, we deemed it relevant to open her familiar – and occasionally obscure – sources to readers.

Comprising amore than 7,000 volumes selected from the books at her residence and studio in Brooklyn and academic office in New Jersey, the Martha Rosler Library is now accessible for public use through April 15, 2006. The contents range from political theory, art history and poetry to science fiction, mystery and children’s books; they include periodicals, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings. The bibliography, currently in process, can be accessed online and is available in the library. The library is primarily a reading room, not a lending library; a photocopier is available for making b/w and color copies…(read full article)

Martha Rosler Library
53 Ludlow Street
New York NY 10002

November 15, 2005 to April 15, 2006
Tuesday thru Saturday
12 to 6 pm

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